Perfectly positioned in the south-central region of Montana and nestled nicely along the Yellowstone River below magnificent sandstone cliffs known as the Rimrocks, Billings is often referred to as Montana’s Trailhead due to its proximity to natural wonders like Yellowstone National Park and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area, famous historic sites such as Little Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and numerous urban attractions that make the community a thriving mid-size city.
The Yellowstone River Valley around Billings is the ancestral home of several Native American tribes, including the Apsa’alooke (Crow) and the Cheyenne. In July 1806 Captain William Clark and his crew spent time in the area on the return voyage of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Named after the former President of the Northern Pacific Railway, Frederick H. Billings, the City of Billings traces its origins back to 1882 when it was founded as a small railroad town. Intended to serve as a railhead for the company’s westward expansion, Billings became an attractive option for settlers relocating to the region and saw its population balloon to over 2,000 people in just six months.
After experiencing what seemed to be overnight economic success and tremendous growth, Billings saw the likes of many notable figures such as Calamity Jane, Will James, and Charles Lindbergh. Over the years, Billings continued its upward trend and is now the largest city in the State of Montana.
As the largest city in Montana and the surrounding multi-state region, Billings is a transportation hub that services a 500-mile radius with healthcare, professional services, agriculture, shopping, and more. Known for their authentic hospitality, many of the locals are descendants of families who settled Montana. Billings is home to forever views and endless adventure, which embodies the spirit of Montana’s Trailhead.